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Teen Talk (1/24/2019 Edition)

Hello, YA librarians!

Sorry we missed #ewgcya today… We’re in Seattle drinking all the coffee and making sure our booth is ready for all of our librarian friends attending Midwinter this week! We hope you had a great chat! Here’s our new YA from the past two months — let us know what you’ve been reading & loving lately!

THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi
9781250144546
Ages 12 to 18

Paris, 1889: In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts. Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris.

“Chokshi shines as a master storyteller.” —Booklist, starred review

“An opulent heist adventure that will leave readers voracious for more.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A delectably intriguing adventure for all teen shelves.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“Evocative writing, sumptuous set pieces, and vividly sketched, authentically flawed characters distinguish this immersive tale of found family and star-crossed romance.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA (Young Readers’ Edition) by Melissa Fleming
9781250311429
Ages 10 to 17

A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA chronicles the life of Doaa Al-Zamel, a Syrian girl whose life was upended in 2011 by the onset of her country’s brutal civil war. When Doaa’s boat to Europe is struck and begins to sink, Doaa stays afloat on a small inflatable ring and clutches two little girls—barely toddlers—to her body. She must stay alive for them. She must not lose hope.

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Our 2019 YALSA Award Winners!

Congratulations to all of the amazing Macmillan authors who won awards or were selected for ALA / YALSA’s various reading lists this year!

2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
SADIE by Courtney Summers
MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud
SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
FRANKIE by Shivaun Plozza

See the full 2019 BFYA list here

2019 Amelia Bloomer Project Book List (best feminist books)
SADIE by Courtney Summers

See the full 2019 Amelia Bloomer list here

2019 Rainbow Book List (Honors books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questions content, and which are aimed at youth, birth through age 18.)
HOW I RESIST by Maureen Johnson

See the full 2019 Rainbow Book List here

2019 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
SADIE by Courtney Summers (in the top 10!)

See the full 2019 Quick Picks list here

2019 Great Graphic Novels for Teens
THE STRANGE by Jérôme Ruillier

See the full 2019 GGNT list here

2019 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
SADIE by Courtney Summers (in the top 10!)
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert

See the full 2019 Amazing Audiobooks list here

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YA E-Galley Recommendations

First, if you’re not whitelisted (pre-approved) for Macmillan’s e-galleys on Edelweiss, DO IT! Then download and read these fresh, forthcoming YA and YA-okay titles:

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease
IN ANOTHER LIFE by C.C. Hunter
YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn
WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan
THIS IS NOT A LOVE SCENE by S.C. Megale
AGAIN, BUT BETTER by Christine Riccio
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
PLEASE SEND HELP by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin

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Macmillan Audio Sweepstakes

Our pals at Macmillan Audio are giving away copies of our most exciting Winter 2019 audio books! See below for entry details and deadlines.

THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET by Yara Zgheib
“In her powerful debut, Zgheib masterfully chronicles the pain of an anorexic’s distorted thinking and intense fear of food in a riveting diarylike structure… This is an impressive, deeply moving debut.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

Enter here!
Open now until 1/20

THE NIGHT TIGER by Yangsze Choo
Three starred reviews!
“Astoundingly captivating and striking in its portrayal of love, betrayal, and death, THE NIGHT TIGER is a transcendent story of courage and connection.”–Booklist, starred review

Enter here!
Open now until 1/24

See You @ ALA Midwinter 2019 (Macmillan Library booth #810)

Only a couple weeks left until ALA Midwinter! Make sure to come by our booth #810 and some of our many events to meet our great authors!

Daily doings:

Friday, January 25:

Opening Session with Melinda Gates (THE MOMENT OF LIFT)
Fri 1/25 | 4:00-5:15 PM
Washington State Convention Center Ballroom 6A-B
Add to your schedule.

In-booth signing with Harvey-award winning cartoonist Peter Bagge
Fri 1/25 | 5:30-6:30 PM
Macmillan Library booth #810

Saturday, January 26:

In-booth signing with debut YA author + fellow librarian (!!) Emily A. Duncan (WICKED SAINTS)
Sat 1/26 | 10:00-11:00 AM
Macmillan Library booth #810

United For Libraries “Spotlight on Book Clubs”
Sat 1/26 | 2:00-4:00 PM
Macmillan Library (booth #810) will be giving away copies of our favorite Book Club picks!

LibraryReads Debut Author panel with Angie Kim (MIRACLE CREEK)
Sat 1/26 | 3:00-4:00 PM
Washington State Convention Center, Room 3A
Add to your schedule.

Cocktails + Book Buzz*
We’ll be talking books, you’ll be buzzing with excitement…
Sat 1/26 | 5:00-6:00 PM
Sheraton Seattle, Cirrus Ballroom
RSVPs closed.
Add to your schedule.

Sunday, January 27:

In-booth signing with Catriona McPherson (GO TO MY GRAVE)
Sun 1/27 | 10:30-11:30 AM
Macmillan Library booth #810

UFL Gala Author Tea* with Wayétu Moore (SHE WOULD BE KING)
Sun 1/27 | 2:00-4:00 PM
Grand Hyatt Seattle, Leonesa Ballroom
*TICKETS REQUIRED.
Advance tickets $60 ($55 United for Libraries division members); onsite tickets $65 (if available) Event code: UNI1
Add to your schedule.

Monday, January 28:

LibraryReads Booktalk Author Breakfast* with Rachel Howzell Hall (THEY ALL FALL DOWN) and Yangsze Choo (THE NIGHT TIGER)
Mon 1/28 | 8:00-9:30 AM
Sheraton Seattle, Cirrus Ballroom
*RSVP REQUIRED by 1/7/19.
Add to your schedule.

**Events as of 1/3/19. Check back regularly for updates. #meow

FOUR Stars for THE RUIN OF KINGS!

Debut. Fantasy. Destiny. Demons. And now, FOUR STARS! THE RUIN OF KINGS is Winter ’19’s great new fantasy you won’t want to miss.

Library Journal Debut of the Month!

“This stunning debut takes epic fantasy to a high level, portraying a world filled with magic, demons, gods, and dragons, in which politics and power plays are the laws of the land.”Library Journal, starred review

“Lyons’s dazzling debut is an audacious start to an ambitious five-book series…. With the scope and sense of fatality of Patrick Rothfuss and well-choreographed action sense of Brandon Sanderson, Lyons leaps into the big leagues of epic fantasy and sticks the landing.Booklist, starred review

“Though the hero’s journey structure and classical fantasy elements are familiar, the complex mysteries and revelations feel novel and offer plenty of room for rereading and analysis. There’s more mystery than action in this tightly plotted tome, and its lore and memorable characters will leave epic fantasy fans eager for the second volume.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Although a cast of well-developed characters and an impressively intricate storyline power this novel, it’s Lyons’ audacious worldbuilding that makes for such an unforgettable read. In a sprawling, magic-filled world populated by gods, dragons, krakens, witches, demons, ghosts, shape-shifters, zombies, and so much more, Lyons ties it all together seamlessly to create literary magic. Epic fantasy fans looking for a virtually un-put-down-able read should look no further.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Maximum Shelf: CAPE MAY

In case you missed it, last week’s edition of Maximum Shelf Awareness featured CAPE MAY by Chip Cheek!

Late September 1957. Henry and Effie, very young newlyweds from Georgia, arrive in Cape May, New Jersey, for their honeymoon only to find the town is deserted. Feeling shy of each other and isolated, they decide to cut the trip short. But before they leave, they meet a glamorous set of people who sweep them up into their drama. Clara, a beautiful socialite who feels her youth slipping away; Max, a wealthy playboy and Clara’s lover; and Alma, Max’s aloof and mysterious half-sister, to whom Henry is irresistibly drawn. The empty beach town becomes their playground, and as they sneak into abandoned summer homes, go sailing, walk naked under the stars, make love, and drink a great deal of gin, Henry and Effie slip from innocence into betrayal, with irrevocable consequences. Erotic and moving, this is a novel about marriage, love and sexuality, and the lifelong repercussions that meeting a group of debauched cosmopolitans has on a new marriage.

“Duplicity and transformation of the self is at the heart of CAPE MAY. Henry’s struggle to be a good man is immediately tested on his honeymoon at a moment of betrayal coinciding with his and Effie’s sexual awakenings. In CAPE MAY, Cheek shows that every couple encounters such a moment of their own–whether physical, emotional or some combination of both–and it holds the power to change a relationship forever.”–Shelf Awareness

See the full summary, review, and interview with Chip Cheek at shelf-awareness.com

Philly Book Buzz Highlights (12/14/2018)

Earlier today, we presented our favorite new and forthcoming YA titles during the Philadelphia Book Buzz. If you weren’t able to attend, here is a list of the titles we presented. You can also download our handout here.

THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease

WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan

FINALE: A Caraval Novel by Stephanie Garber

COURT OF LIONS: A Mirage Novel by Somaiya Daud

BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo

IN PARIS WITH YOU by Clémentine Beauvais

YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn

THIS IS NOT A LOVE SCENE by S.C. Megale

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston

PLEASE SEND HELP by Gaby Dunn + Allison Raskin

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2019 PEN America Literary Award Longlist

The 2019 PEN Literary Awards longlist includes 14 Macmillan titles! WOO HOO!

PEN/ROBERT W. BINGHAM PRIZE FOR DEBUT FICTION
A LUCKY MAN: Stories by Jamel Brinkley 
HALF GODS by Akil Kumarasamy 

PEN OPEN BOOK AWARD
BROTHER by David Chariandy 
EYE LEVEL: Poems by Jenny Xie 

PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE
NEVADA DAYS by Bernardo Atxaga 
CODEX 1962: A Trilogy by Sjón 

PEN AWARD FOR POETRY IN TRANSLATION
ASYMMETRY: Poems by Adam Zagajewski 

PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY
WE CAN’T BREATHE: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival by Jabari Asim 
IMPOSSIBLE OWLS: Essays by Brian Phillips 

PEN/BOGRAD WELD PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY
INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter 

PEN/JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH AWARD FOR NONFICTION
ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson 
THE FIELD OF BLOOD: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne B. Freeman 
AMITY AND PROSPERITY: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold 

PEN/ESPN AWARD FOR LITERARY SPORTS WRITING
THE CIRCUIT: A Tennis Odyssey by Rowan Ricardo Phillips 

Day’s YA – ENCHANTÉE

Welcome to the final Day’s YA post of 2018!

Read on for magic, deception, and hot air balloons! And see you all back here in 2019!

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease
9781250295521
Ages 12 to 18
Available February 5, 2019 from Flatiron Books and Macmillan Young Listeners

In order to provide for her chronically ill sister and to escape an abusive thieving brother, Camille uses forbidden magic to transform herself into Cécile Descharlots, Baroness de la Fontaine. As the Baroness, Camille swindles wealthy young Versaille aristocrats out of their precious coins. The glamorous palace life and the attention of a handsome hot air balloon inventor are intoxicating—but the line between her two disparate lives begins to blur as the French Revolution ignites around her.

 

ENCHANTÉE is a Cinderella-esque story with more layers than Marie Antoinette’s cakes. The stakes are high, the magic system is unlike that of any other YA fantasy, and the descriptions of Paris and Versailles are simply enchanting. The cast of characters that Camille encounters are equally humorous and maddening, and their obsession for excess and luxury juxtaposes perfectly with the poverty experienced by Camille’s family.

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